This message is to all of the bah humbugs out there-
Just stop. Seriously.
Look around you, what do you have to complain about? Do you have shelter? Do you have clothes? Do you have food? Then you have enough.
Last Christmas was an absolute bust for me. I was living on a couch, jobless, no official home to speak of, stuff in storage, husband in another state....
Give me this one day.
So you don't believe in Santa. Fine. You're an adult. We get it. The jolly guy with the beard and red suit was created by.... *insert jeopardy music here* Coca Cola. That's right.
But there was a Saint Nicholas. He was a fourth century Greek bishop of Myra. There are a lot of legends surrounding him, so feel free to check them out HERE. In a nutshell - he was a giver. As I am trying to be this holiday season. I have given to several charities: St. Jude's, Diabetes Association, Tubman Museum, Salvation Army and Loaves & Fishes. I hope you will do the same. That should make you feel a little better....
So you don't believe in Jesus. That's between you and God. Oh wait.. you don't believe in God. That I can't help you with - but the Jesus bit...YES - he did exist, whether you believe he is the Son of God or not. He is a historical figure, not a mythological figure. The Jews, the Muslims, the Buddhist, the Hindu - they all recognize he was a real man. So pardon us for celebrating his birth. You don't have to celebrate - but don't rain on my parade. I would never poo poo you celebrating the birthday of your Father. So, don't do the same for me.
So you are sick of Christmas music. Fine. Change the station. But when I listen to it, it puts me in a better mood - let me have it. Keep your rants to yourself. As for my Christmas lights and tree, yes.. I know they are pagan based. But I also know why we adopted these traditions. Do you? Plus there are tons of traditions all across the world. Don't know them? Check them out HERE.
Regardless of what you believe or feel - don't hover with your dark cloud. This is a very important night for Christians. A night that heals so many hearts. We are excited to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. You don't have to agree, but you need to respect. As I respect you.. all year long... shouting how you are an Atheist or Agnostic or whatever. I don't comment, I don't say a word. Just keep the bah humbug out of my day. Two days people - that's all I am saying.
As for those who believe, but their spirit is completely broken- Listen... I get it. Don't concentrate on the material things, try so hard to see the big picture. Try to feel the calm that descends on the night.. as families snuggle in together. Help those less fortunate- and you will find the peace you are seeking. Imagine life without the few comforts you have now.. and perhaps THEN you will find the Christmas Spirit.
I know I did.